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First things first. Am I the only one who noticed the "I AM CHNESE" in photo #2? Anyone who tries to pass themselves off as an English teacher ought to, at the least, be able to spell "C-H-I-N-E-S-E".|
I do agree with onceaknight. You get what you pay for. If China wants quality teachers, then China is going to have to pay for them. Why is it that private language mills can afford to pay 10 - 15,000 yuan per month for a TESOL/TEFL teacher that is only going to be there for a year, while universities pay anywhere between 3500 and 5000 yuan (North-east China) for a qualified, degreed teacher who, in all likelihood, will stay at that university for multiple contracts?
The problem lies not with unqualified teachers. The problem lies with the Chinese government who, 15-20 years ago, started advertising for foreigners to come to China to teach, "No degree required". Couple this with unscrupulous locals who are seeking to cash in on this new "business", and you have plane-loads of unqualified people entering the country to seek out their fortunes.
Now, 15-20 years later, you have a massive influx of foreigners, some who are excellent at their jobs, and some who have ulterior motives, and give the whole teaching profession a bad name, who are making the country think to itself, "Was this a wise decision?", and "How can we fix it?"
A test-based requirement was tried a few years ago, and was a total flop. Questions to test an English teacher's knowledge of the language were written in Chinglish, and a large focus of the test was on Chinese history and culture. Neither of which tested a foreigner's ability to teach.
No one person is going to come up with a solution to this dilemma. However, if China wants its university English majors to have a proper degree in English, they are going to have to expand beyond the 'listening, speaking, reading, writing' format. A degree in English includes linguistics, drama, literature, and history (of the language), as well as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. TESL/TEFL courses do not teach English. They are teaching certification courses only. They teach methodologies ... how to teach. Many of them are extremely poor at this. A few, such as Cambridge and Trinity College, London, are up to date with the latest methods, and are highly respected. A Bachelors degree in History, does not qualify you to teach English. A degree in Pharmacology does not qualify you to teach English. A degree in English doesn't even qualify you to teach English.
In China, if you want to teach Chinese to foreigners, you must have a 'Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language' degree. This is a four-year program at most universities. I know that in many countries, the UK for example, a Master's degree in TESOL is offered, where a thesis must be completed in order to graduate. Is this what is going to be required in China? I don't know. One thing I do know is that, if China wants properly qualified and certified teachers of English, a massive change is going to need to take place, including standardized, country-wide salaries.